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Provide teachers with access to resources for curriculum, assessments, and professional learning to support strong content knowledge and pedagogy.
In this age of digital learning, aligning school technology planning with curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and other operational needs is a necessity.
Evaluate current grading practices and their alignment with the school’s vision for teaching and learning.
Implement instructional strategies that align with and build on learning and human development research.
For a school or district leader, the vision for the school or district allows the leader to articulate the long-term impact of the work and the reason that impact is essential.
Understand that personal and professional relationships need to be nurtured on an ongoing basis and that trust can easily be broken.
Support school modernization practices aligned with district and state policies and balance authority with flexibility and agency.
Connect students to high school learning experiences that expose workforce pathways of potential interest (e.g., internships, early-college programs, career and technical education certification, military, etc.).
Provide digital citizenship and digital literacy training for students and teachers.
Help school counselors create workforce development programming that is supported across the system.
Offer extended and expanded learning opportunities for all students.
Determine high-leverage instructional approaches and content.
Ensure that high-stakes testing is well planned and executed and is only one part of understanding the whole child.
Identify key workforce opportunities for students in the community.
Leverage and create opportunities for students to explore their passions and interests to promote personal and authentic opportunities.
Focus on indicators that trigger interventions and alternative approaches with subgroups of students in need of more support.
Provide students and families with access to a college database and information system.
Involve students throughout the modernization planning and implementation process and create ongoing opportunities for students to present their work to the public in and out of school.
Provide time to pilot new ideas, reflect, and refine; set up team time for planning, grading, and review of student work.
Set clear learning objectives aligned with state standards for all students.